Happy Camper for Friday, June 14, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Na opio of Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani perform “Little Grass Shack” using coconut hats created by their parents during the preview of the halau’s hoike that takes place Saturday at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dancers with Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani under Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza thrill Wednesday evening shoppers with a Maori poi ball presentation during the preview of the halau’s hoike that will take place Saturday at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the show that starts at 6 p.m.

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    “This Is Me” (from “The Greatest Showman”), declares Shellee Riggio during the Hawaii ‘Ana I Na Mohai Aloha, Ka Mele Mohai phase of the Open and Affirming Celebration at Koloa Union Church Sunday.

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    Rose Tatiana Warken Ceballos performs a rendition of “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by Dr. Douglas Duvauchelle, during the Open and Affirming Celebration at Koloa Union Church Sunday.

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    Michael Horning of the Open and Affirming Core Team presents Dr. Rev. Alan Akana with the church certification as Lee Anderson, Tiffany Marrotte, Penny Osuga, Becky Sakimae and Dr. Douglas Duvauchelle look on during the Open and Affirming Celebration at Koloa Union Church Sunday.

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    Dickie Sugawa, describing himself as “the last Lawai (Cannery) guy,” enjoys the Open and Affirming Celebration at Koloa Union Church Sunday.

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    Andy Chang severs the tape opening the Mamahune tiki bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay as his ohana looks on.

Congratulations to Andy Chang, his daughter Patricia Moad (she’s the “mama” of Mamahune’s), and the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, on the opening of Mamahune tiki (they even have a volcano!) bar that now graces an “unused” portion of the Wailua resort located “where the river meets the sea.” The facility is open seven day a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Congratulations to the Koloa Union Church, which became the second Open and Affirming United Church of Christ church on Kauai to earn that certification! Dr. Rev. Alan Akana just returned from a three-month sabbatical (he’s hosting a special talk and slideshow on the sabbatical Tuesday from 3 p.m. at the Smith parsonage, aka Alan Akana Gallery), in time to join the core team and congregation and guests in the event. Kudos to Michael Horning, Tiffany Marrotte (was it her grandma who developed the dark red plumeria?), Penny Osuga, Lee Anderson and Becky Sakimae of the core team for their work in reaching the certification.

Looking for excitement during the Father’s Day weekend?

There is no shortage, as Kukui Grove Center present its annual Father’s Day Car Show Saturday from 10 a.m. There is also the Garden Island Trollers fishing tournament (captains’ meeting is this evening, fishing all day Saturday, with the weigh in at Lihi Park in Kapaa, banquet and awards Sunday!).

Marli Genegabuas will relinquish her Miss Kauai Filipina crown Saturday during the Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant presented by the Kauai Filipino Community Council starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show for Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani hoike Saturday at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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